Kurmi had resigned from the Grand Old Party and membership in the assembly last Friday. On Monday, he joined the BJP in the presence of Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma at a reception in Lakhimpur district.
Welcoming Kurmi to the party, Sarma described him as one of the strongest youth leaders in the state. He added that Kurmi was ready to join the BJP in 2019 but could not do so. Kurmi said a new culture of work has started in the state under Sarma’s leadership, which has left a lasting impact on him and he hopes to work with renewed energy in the near future for the party. Blaming Congress for not recognizing his contribution to the party, Kurmi said, “I should have understood why the people rejected Congress in the Lok Sabha elections in 2014 and 2019 and in the Legislative Assembly elections. State in 2016 and joined the BJP earlier. a little late, I am happy to have the opportunity here to contribute to the struggle for the protection of the civilization of Assam. “Accusing Congress of ignoring the tribal communities, Kurmi added that he did not want to being aboard a “sinking ship” because he wanted to work for the people of his own constituency as well as for the state. He also hinted that a few other congressional leaders are in line to leave the left soon. After Kurmi left Congress, Sarma called on all opposition MPs to join the BJP and work together for the development of the state that the opposition called “undemocratic” and “Threat to democracy”.
Condemning the call of the CM, Debabrata Saikia, top Congress leader and leader of the PLC in the assembly, said: “For the first time, I have seen a CM make such an undemocratic remark. I urge him to present a public apology for the remark. ” Congress President Ripun Bora said: “The CM made a very reckless statement. How can a fascist party understand the meaning of democracy?